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An estimated 81,000 people went to U.S. emergency rooms for bike-related head injuries in 2015, the most for any sport, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
The next time you hop on a bicycle to head across town, consider this: your helmet may not perform well enough in an accident.

A first-of-its-kind study using the latest techniques for simulating head injuries found significant variations in how bike helmets protect against concussions.

Urban-style helmets -- which have nearly solid covers with few vents -- and those that haven’t adopted the latest anti-concussion technology were more than twice as likely to result in injuries, researchers from Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in a study released Tuesday.

“I’m of the opinion that the less you hit your head, the better,” said Steve Rowson, director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab and an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics. “But when you do hit your head, you want to have the very best protection because you want to reduce the forces that the brain is experiencing.”

So, what's on your head?

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Joshua Perry has been forced to retire from football aged 24 due to concussion issues.

The former Ohio State student made the announcement on Twitter on Monday night. He revealed he had sustained the sixth concussion of his career, which had generated “huge concern” for his well-being.

“I’ve recently sustained my sixth documented concussion,” he wrote.

“It wasn’t from a high velocity, big contact play. It was a very pedestrian thing, and that was a huge concern to me. The last thing I want to do is put the health of my brain and my future wellbeing in jeopardy over a game and a paycheck.”
sions, games or other active recreation activities.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Joshua and his decision.
"A study from the Mayo Clinic in 2017 demonstrated that men who played high school football between 1956 and 1970 did not have more neurodegenerative disease or dementia than their non-football playing classmates. So what does that mean? Ultimately, the studies on CTE have been predominantly with unhealthy individuals."
We asked one of the state’s leading experts in the field, Rosemarie Scolaro Moser of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey, to discuss some of the concerns about brain trauma in sports, the scientific unknowns and the rise in what she calls “concussion anxiety” among youth and young adults who have experienced head injuries.

Moser:  I think legislators and the public need to become more informed by talking to the vast array of international and national concussion experts and scientists, and not just relying on media outlets for their information. There are many opinions that are diverse. In other words, even among scientists there may not be a consensus to ban tackling in youth football. However, top neuroscientists are being cautious about any statements regarding the banning of tackling, or for that matter the restriction of other sports too. There is consensus that youth sports need to become more safe.

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Ian Stewart has reported from some of the most dangerous places on earth, but none more dangerous than Sierra Leone.

AMBUSHED is a fascinating, in-depth look at the extraordinary day-to-day life of a war correspondent. Stewart presents a compelling portrait of the often surreal world that journalists inhabit as they bear witness to violence and give voice to the unspeakable. Appalled by the level of cruelty he witnessed, Stewart was shocked by the indifference of the outside world. Though his stories were sometimes buried deep inside the daily papers, or published not at all, he kept reporting the truth. When armed rebels entered Sierra Leone's besieged capital of Freetown, Stewart and two of his colleagues were ambushed while driving down the street on assignment.

One of his colleagues was killed instantly, and Stewart, shot in the head, had a twenty-percent chance of surviving. Astonishingly, he did. With frankness and courage, Stewart tells the story of his extraordinary recovery and the tremendous risks he and other journalists take to give us the news.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”

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